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A New Role for Businesses in Safeguarding Human Rights

A New Role for Businesses in Safeguarding Human Rights

This summer, the European Commission published industry-specific guidelines on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These guidelines, directed at the information and communication technology industry, employment and recruitment agencies, and the gas and oil industry, mark a further step towards the greater integration of business in safeguarding of human [...]

Bringing balance to the international law with long-term perspectives

Bringing balance to the international law with long-term perspectives

Editor’s Note: This post is a follow-up to an earlier post by Karen Moir prior to the July 4th and 5th conference in Geneva on intergenerational equity. On July 4th and 5th I co-chaired a conference in Geneva that was hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Future Council (WFC), on [...]

The Anniversary of the Marikana Massacre in South Africa and Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Breaches

The Anniversary of the Marikana Massacre in South Africa and Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Breaches

It is almost a year since more than 40 striking mineworkers were killed in a clash with local police at the Marikana mine on the South African platinum belt. Many argue that the Marikana massacre was not simply the result of an illegal wage strike that got out of hand. Rather, its causes are complex and [...]

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and the Future of Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations Committed Abroad

Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and the Future of Corporate Accountability for Human Rights Violations Committed Abroad

By Kate Mitchell -  On 17 April 2013, the United States Supreme Court delivered judgment in Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum.  The Court held that the Alien Torts Statute (ATS) did not apply extraterritorially, shutting off an avenue previously embraced by human rights advocates for making corporations accountable for human rights abuses committed abroad. The [...]

What can we learn from the Novartis case?

What can we learn from the Novartis case?

By Swaraj Barooah Last week’s decision by the Indian Supreme Court to reject Novartis’ patent application over a leading leukemia drug, Gilvec, has resonated globally. Many hail it as a victory for patients, while others denounce it as a regressive step for pharmaceutical innovation. With money on one end of the scale and lives on [...]

Conflict minerals disclosure and the role of corporations in the protection of human rights

Conflict minerals disclosure and the role of corporations in the protection of human rights

By Katie Allan and Kate Mitchell The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has taken a significant and tangible step in establishing corporate responsibility for human rights protection in conflict zones through the adoption of rules for disclosing the use of ‘conflict minerals’. Introduced by section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Financial Reform Act, [...]

A Quick Overview

Blog posts have been coming in thick and fast over the last month. To help you get up to speed, the editorial team has put together a quick summary of some of the major themes. Justice Verma Committee on Indian sexual violence laws The Justice Verma Committee submitted its report on the reform of India’s [...]